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Efficiency becoming major problem in data centers - console management can help

By Donna Donnawitz
November 15, 2012
With energy costs climbing and similar problems becoming pressing for data center managers, there is a growing need to improve efficiency in every facet of operations. This means delivering power more effectively, eliminating network bottlenecks, dealing with equipment that runs inefficiently and optimizing cooling architectures. As data center managers work toward this goal, they can easily be overwhelmed about the number of things that need to get done. According to a recent report from Data Center Journal, there are a few basic practices IT leaders can employ to maximize efficiency.

Keeping the data center in shape
The news source explained that getting your data center to run efficiently is sometimes like being a personal trainer or coach. You have to go through the facility and push different types of equipment and systems to their max to find out what problems and limitations are present and how to solve them. This not only provides valuable insight into how you can make the data center more efficient, it also allow you to get a better feel for how the data center functions as a whole.

One data center workout that you should consider, according to the report, is analyzing legacy systems and developing a strategy for solutions that are reaching the end of their life cycle. Older technologies can run inefficiently and use more energy than they are worth. It is, therefore, a good exercise to go through the data center, identify systems nearing their end and develop a strategy to phase them out and replace them with more efficient options.

General optimization is another important exercise. The report said you should analyze your data center and identify places where you can further maximize operations, whether in terms of server operations or cooling. This enables you to more effectively improve efficiency by ensuring you are getting the most out of various data center systems.

Considering console management
All of these practices are fine when you have time to move around the data center managing systems. But what do you do when you're at a branch office and a problem arises? What if you have a bunch of remote data centers that you have to manage? Console server infrastructure can help with these problems. Through console management systems, you can control everything from whether the lights are on to how virtual machines are established, gaining optimal control over the data center and maximizing efficiency.

Perle’s wide range of 1 to 48 port Perle Console Servers provide data center managers and network administrators with secure remote management of any device with a serial console port. Plus, they are the only truly fault tolerant Console Servers on the market with the advanced security functionality needed to easily perform secure remote data center management and out-of-band management of IT assets from anywhere in the world.


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